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proportion of the translators working with u.s. forces in afghanistan can't speak the local language. a whistle blower says. is their employer defrauding america and putting lives at risk? it's a "nightline" investigation. >>> and, fighting words? with tensions high over the possible burning of the koran and fears about islam, deepak chopra weighs in. we ask him about his eyebr eyebrow-raising new book. >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, and terry moran in washington, this is "nightline," september 8th, 2010. >> good evening, i'm terry moran. and, with economic indicators, political polls continuing to bring bad news for president obama and the democrats, the president's hitting the road these dames to rally support for his agenda. the debate turns on tax cuts, transportation spending and subsidies for small business to take effect in the years ahead. but meanwhile, many americans find themselves with a more immediate consideration. cash. so, tonight, brian rooney takes us to one colorful place people go to greas
hands. >> i believe washington is crushing us in spending and debt. >> reporter: is this a vote for republicans or against democrats? >> if republicans win control of congress, it's because voters are voting against democrats. >> reporter: while conservative tea party kancandidates may hav co complicated republican efforts. with high profile democrats in tight races, harry reid and barbara boxer, republicans could make a run at the senate, too. mr. obama has been left with little choice but to blame his predecessor and plead for patience. >> if the economy was a car and they drove it in the ditch, they come and tap us on the shoulder and they say, we want the keys back. you can't have the keys back. you don't know how to drive. >> reporter: a message that doesn't appear to be working. >> that effort has failed. the president can continue to work to try to show voters. they need more time. that was what ronald reagan did in 1982. they've not been able to get traction with that argument. >> reporter: starting tomorrow, we may see how he tries to adjust that message. friday he hold
. >> reporter: finally secretary gates did just that. the warnings flew in from afghanistan, where the u.s. commander told our martha raddatz that while he supports first amendment rights, this -- >> could nonetheless endanger the lives of tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of follow citizens who are deployed around the world. >> reporter: where there was fiery reaction. in pakistan, they burned flags, and effigies of pastor jones. across the border in afghanistan, more flag burns and protesters chanted "death to the christians." insurgents there are circulating leaflets calling on muslims to raise your voices and fight together. iraq's president warned the burning would encourage more violence. and to hend that off, even donald trump stepped in to buy stake in the islamic cultural center. but late tonight there is great uncertainty about what was promised and who is to be believed. and diane, there is yet another twist here. just a few moments ago, pastor jones came out here, telling us he'd be lied to. that he was guaranteed the cultural center would be moved. that appears not to b
, the president's top economic adviser, austan goolsbee. thank you for joining us. >> thank you for having me. >> thank you very much. i want to ask you what's just happened. the how minority leader, john boehner said he would consider extending the middle class tax cuts. if the only option i have is to vote for some of those tax reductions, i'll vote for it, he said, on "face the nation" this morning. what is your reaction? >> i haven't seen the comments. i noticed the qualifier if my only choice is. if he -- if he's truly saying that we can, as the president called for, get a broad consensus to extend the middle class tax cuts, we should do it. we shouldn't hold that hostage for the argument about the tax cuts just for the very, very highest income people. if he's for that, i would happy. in the past, we have seen some of these circumstances in which what appears to be the offer of doing the sensible thing in the light of day, there's a little bit of a feeling of, well if the president's for it, i'm against it, then it falls apart. >> he does obviously say he's going do everything he can to
, believed to be on-target to crash into the u.s. capitol or the white house. >> as you noted, this year's remembrances take place against a highly-political backdrop. pastor terry jones arrived in new york city late last night. he is hoping to meet with the imam behind the cultural at ground zero. there's protests raising questions whether the damage has been done anyway. >>> we begin at ground zero. for months, it has been a site of protest over the proposed mosque. today is no exception. but there will also be memorials. john berman is there live. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning, bianna. it's a beautiful morning here in new york, just as it was nine years ago, as many people remember. there will be the solemn ceremonies. but also today, also controversy. the dueling demonstrations. for the proposed islamic center and for the arrival of that pastor from florida. >> you had a lot to say before. >> reporter: not a lot of words from pastor terry jones, as he arrived in new york city late last night, after a week of a circus atmosphere in gainesville, florida, where jones sta
certainty. >> reporte >> they would have us borrow $700 billion over the next ten years to give a tax cut of about $100,000, each, to folks who are already millionaires. >> reporter: the president has been going after john boehner for days now. >> the republican who thinks he's going to take over as speaker -- i'm just saying, that's his opinion. he's entitled to his opinion. >> reporter: today, the president mentioned him by name eight times. >> mr. boehner. >> reporter: he's trying to make boehner his defake coe republican opponent. seizing on a speech boehner gave just over two weeks ago. >> there were no new ideas. there was just the same philosophy that we had already tried during the decade that they were in power. >> reporter: and diane, president obama was full of praise for some republicans today, reagan, eisenhower, lincoln. all of whom are dead. he called those great leaders, and suggested the current crop of republicans is not. diane? >> well, thank you, jake. and as you just told us, the white house does argue that this is the choice. either america borrows $700 billion or in
attacks a cover-up. sparking outrage and a walkout by the u.s. delegation. we'll have reaction from the white house. >>> caught on tape. a vicious girl fight, as one of the girls' moms appears to egg her on. why the cheers ended with charges of abuse. >>> come on, elmo. don't you want to play? >> too sexy for "sesame street"? why the children's show pulled the plug on katy perry's appearance. is it the kids? or the parents? >> there's a lot of excitement around our dinner table last night. when i told the girls that elmo and grover will be here to talk about that story, they cheered. harper wanted elmo's autograph. i'm not sure. he's only 3. >> i don't know if that can happen. perks of the job. >>> a lot 06 ground to cover in the meantime. hundreds of homes have been evacuated after flooding in wisconsin and minnesota. a state of emergency has been declared in both states. and the national guard is now sandbagging, bracing against more bad weather today. and then, there's a new tropical storm that could be heading toward the gulf. it's expected to become a hurricane later tonight. s
at truck stops and cheap motels. >> reporter: she said pimps use craigslist to sell her for sex. >> the "world news" story actually helped because it built a public sympathy that pushed craigslist to shut their adult services section down and to help young people understand that people actually care and want them to get help. >> the website stands to lose a lot of money here. the adult services section was expected to bring in $45 million this year. linsey davis, abc news, new york. >>> top u.s. military commanders in afghanistan are warning that plans by a florida church to burn copies of the koran could endanger the lives of american soldiers. that warning comes amid angry anti-american protests in afghanistan. demonstrators are enraged at the announcement of the planned koran burning which will coincide with the commemoration of the 9/11 attacks this weekend. the gainesville church has been denied a permit for the bonfire but says it will go ahead with it anyway. >>> investigators in west virginia are trying to figure out the cause of a fire which killed 27 race horses. four
the koran, tonight the protesters and the american general who says it puts us at risk. martha raddatz is overseas. >>> the governor now explains her claims of beheadings in the desert. >>> who was listening in on william and harry? >>> the beckhams and the american heart. >>> the nurse, her patient and what she never could have predicted when she walked into that room. >>> good evening. in a sign of just how high the stakes are when it comes to creating jobs and political survival, the commander in chief on this labor day became campaigner in chief. traveling to wisconsin to sell his new plan to create jobs, and there are two groups counting on him, the 15 million americans unemployed and democrats in congress. some of whom fear they'll be unemployed if the president doesn't help. republicans are pouncing on the president's newest proposals and our jon karl is at the white house. here we go. >> reporter: democrats in congress have been practically begging the president to get out and talk more about the economy. with the campaign now in full swing, that's exactly what he's doing. talk
gates called him, that jones told us tonight made a big difference to him. but there was a local muslim dealer trying to broker a deal. a deal that may have fallen apart. it was a crazy day a day of extremism and deal-making, and the sometimes high cost of free speech in america. and tonight, in an exclusive network interview, pastor terry jones told us he's still waivering. you may still go ahead and burn the koran, correct? >> i really do not know. >> reporter: the day began with the president himself weighing in on the controversy and speaking directly to pastor jones. >> if he's listening, i just hope he understands that what he's proposing to do is completely con strar to our values as americans. that this country has been built on the notions of religious freedom and religious tolerance. and as a very practical matter, as commander in chief of the armed forces of the united states, i just want him to understand that this stunt that he is talking about pulling could greatly endanger our young men and women in uniform who are in iraq, what are in afgh
to the u.s. newt gingrich unveiled his plan on the steps of the capitol in 1994. >> we're offering the boldest contract in the history of the united states. >> reporter: even nancy pelosi put forth a promised agenda before democrats won control in 2006. the contract includes specific pieces of legislation. many of which republicans have already tied. >> the motion is not agreed to. >> reporter: and failed to get through the democratic congress. the pledge hasn't been released yet. but democrats are attacking it. calling it a return to what they call the failed policies of the bush years. as the democratic leader of the house, his office put it, the pledge should read something like this. i pledge allegiance to the wealthiest of the wealthy, who we will protect before the middle class. in other words, george, the campaign is well under way. >> jon karl, thank you very much. >>> the president was taking it on last night, as well. he's here in new york to speak to the united nations this morning. all the fallout after bob woodward's bombshell of a book. jake tapper is here with the la
, the first to go on "dancing with the stars." we'll tell us what he thinks of the decision, live. >>> and good morning, everyone. did you lose your voice cheering for the hoff last night? >> the only way it could go. i don't know it is. the back-to-school cold crept up on me. i apologize. >>> we have a big story. >> a huge story. >> bob woodward's book, a bombshell. infights over sending thousa nds of troops. the president pushing hard against the chairman of the chief of staffs, mike mullen. against general petraeus. the top security adviser, jim jones, reportedly referred to his aides as water bugs, the mafia. he says the cia has set up a 3,000-man paramilitary force, a secret force, that fights the taliban in afghanistan and pakistan. >> all this comes as another top economic aide is set to leave the white house. we'll have more on the white house shakeup ahead. >>> and also this morning, it's been a political flash point this year. we're talking about islam, with the proposed mosque near ground zero. we begin an in-depth series. and we kick that off our next half hour. >>> we
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hackers, is anyone? >>> and good morning, everyone. thanks for being with us. i'm rob nelson. >> and i'm meg oliver. vinita is off this morning. the president is set to reveal another new proposal to help the sagging economy. this one would use tax breaks to benefit businesses and corporations. >> but a new abc news poll released overnight shows what a daunting challenge democrats face heading into midterm elections. emily schmidt is joining us from washington with the latest numbers. >> reporter: this poll is filled with a lot of firsts. abc news/"washington post" poll that shows 92% of americans, nine out of ten of your neighbors, think this economy is in bad shape. and what's more, potentially bad news for democrats. voters seem to say they're tired of the status quo. this week, president obama is pitching a new economic plan, with the hopes of winning. >> i think yes, we can. is more inspiring than no, we can't. >> reporter: but a new poll shows more people saying about the president, no, he hasn't. for the first time, most voters, 52%, disapprove the way mr. obama is handling the
tween the u.s. and iran. iran accuses them of spying. their families say they were just hiking in the mountains near the iran/iraq border. >> we see the islamic republic use their reporters as political collateral before but they are obviously incredibly savvy when it comes to the media and the pr game. and the worst thing that could happen to them would be that something would happen to sarah inside the prison. >> reporter: there's no immediate sign bauer and fattal will be released but his lawyer says he's hopeful. >> does this bring any hope at all for the other two hikers? i hope that the trial is back on track and the 24th cases will be resolved quickly. we reached sarah's mother. she had no official word from iran. she heard the news from us. she's now folk ugs all her hope on when she can finally see her daughter again. jim sciutto, abc news, washington. >>> heavy rain from memphis into kentucky and southern illinois. large hail and gusty winds across nebraska, kansas and oklahoma and somealate rain into the dakotas and montana as well as some showers in florida. >>> 91
. >> morning, robin. this is a max can landfall in this storm. but it's a u.s. problem. we'll show you pictures of galveston this morning, of the waves breaking in that area. all the way up the texas coast. well into texas, with the problems that will be texas flooding. here's a look at the rain. look at the yellow, the heaviest rain. p. and the center of circulation is west of corpus christi. let's show you why it's not going to go away quickly. four to eight inches of rain. a little south of dallas, as well. big-time texas flooding. watch hermine interact with this stalled front that's north. look at oklahoma, north texas, in the hill country here. we could have a good, solid area. 10, 12 inches of rain that just stays put. nothing is going to kick this out until about thursday. we'll go over all the weather patterns. and again, watching the tropics, active. there's a little wave off the coast of africa. gaston has weakened. not a lot to talk about. we'll watch them all. >>> we're going to go now to the wildfires in colorado. firefighters worked through the night, trying to contain them as th
rania of jordan in a sunday exclusive as the u.s. scrambles to save the middle east peace talks, we get her view. >> extremists have done a good job of using this cause to amplify their message. >> her efforts in the fight against extremism and for the rights of women and children. then obama's real war, afghanistan and bob woodward's new inside look at the battles over policy in the white house. we'll discuss that and all the week's politics in our roundtable with george will, donna brazile, matthew dowd and ron brownstein and "the sunday funnies." >> listen to this, one day, delaware elects a witch, the next day the recession is over. i don't know. is that a is that a coincidence? >>> hello again and this week the recession was finally declared over. it officially ended june 2009 but the recovery has been slow and the voters have been losing patience. with five weeks to go before the midterm elections president obama and congressional democrats are facing potentially huge political losses. joining me now the president's top political adviser david axelrod. thank you for joining us. >>
in his church. does it make use feel helpless? angry? >> well, it is frustrating. now, on the other hand, we are a government of laws. and so, we have to abide by those laws. and my understanding is that he can be cited for public burning. but that's the extent of the laws that we have available to us. part of this country's history is people doing destructive or offensive, harmful things. and yet, we still have to make sure that we're following the laws. and that's part of what i love about this country. >> you can see how sobering this is. >> sure. >> to the president. we've had general petraeus, hillary clinton, the president, all speaking out, trying to stop this. and you pointed out earlier, sarah palin, weighing in, as well. >> as often as has been said, just because you have the right to do something, doesn't mean you should do it. and the fbi is concerned about this. >>> let's bring in pierre thomas. he's been talking to the fbi overnight about this. >> reporter: you can add fbi officials to those who think the proposed burning of korans this weekend is provocative and potentiall
thing that caused us to do it. just a deep conviction from god that something has to happen. >> reporter: so he is praying. as are so many other people around the world. i'm terry moran in gainesville, florida. >> now more information's starting to come out about this guy. they said apparently he doesn't know any muslims personally and a lot of what he knows about the religion has come from youtube. a lot of question about who this guy is. >> countering extremism with extremism is what a lot of people are saying. it's interesting. in 2005 there was just a report out that some guards at guantanamo bay flushed a koran, and that incited deadly riots in afghanistan. when you later general david petraeus saying this could really hurt our armed men overseas, it is a worry. >>> coming up after the break, the results of a study on memory loss. >> who is osked more, men or women? you're watching "world news now." >>> in a new study that proves what women and myself have really known for years, that men are more forgetful. >> not surprised here. the study from the mayo clinic says as men age they
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